xy·​lo·​phone | \ ˈzī-lə-ˌfōn also ˈzi- How to pronounce xylophone (audio) \

Definition of xylophone

: a percussion instrument consisting of a series of wooden bars graduated in length to produce the musical scale, supported on belts of straw or felt, and sounded by striking with two small wooden hammers

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xylophonist \ ˈzī-​lə-​ˌfō-​nist How to pronounce xylophonist (audio) also  ˈzi-​ \ noun

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Meanwhile, 1-year-old playground visitor Lyra Lanuza was banging on the steel xylophone that Roberts had helped install. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "Work is child’s play as Napa volunteer, 92, keeps building swings and slides," 30 Aug. 2019 Wearing a red Fez hat, Santana delightfully hits the slats of a xylophone like a pro. Joanne Engelhardt, The Mercury News, "Theater review: Don’t think twice; go see ‘Two Guvnors’," 20 June 2019 Music centers might have hand drums or plastic xylophones. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "Why a seemingly chaotic pre-K class may be the best kind," 28 June 2019 Visitors can tap out a melody on the xylophone made of bamboo stalks of varying sizes. Janene Holzberg, baltimoresun.com, "Jug Bay set to unveil trails, Nature Discovery Place at new Waysons Corner preserve," 4 July 2018 Instrumentation including synths, xylophones and strings make appearances on Down Below, which has been embraced by fans of extreme metal and indie rock cred gatekeepers like Pitchfork alike. Bram Teitelman, Billboard, "Not So 'Down Below': Swedish Black Metal Band Tribulation Makes Heatseekers Chart Impact," 1 Mar. 2018 Mini xylophones, guitars and drums were scattered across a picnic blanket. Samantha West, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Eaux Claires Day 1 recap: The 'mystery' lineup is released, and some reply, 'Meh'," 6 July 2018 The instruments were a piano keyboard, a guitar, a xylophone and a drum. Andy Newman, New York Times, "Live, From the Children’s Ward," 29 June 2018 Watch as the famous architecture drowns in rainbows, becomes a geological xylophone, and downright dazzles the sense with vibrant form and beauty below. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Watch Sydney Opera House Burst Into Color With Eprom's Sound," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of xylophone

1866, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of xylophone

: a musical instrument that has a set of wooden bars of different lengths that are hit with hammers


xy·​lo·​phone | \ ˈzī-lə-ˌfōn How to pronounce xylophone (audio) \

Kids Definition of xylophone

: a musical instrument consisting of a series of wooden bars of different lengths that are struck by special mallets to produce musical notes

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